Christian Encarnacion-Strand Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 224 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 12/1/1999 (23)
- Oklahoma State
Christian Encarnacion-Strand Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Christian Encarnacion-Strand News
Cincinnati Reds corner infield prospect Christian Encarnacion-Strand (back) isn't expected to return to game action until anytime between April 19-24 due to a slight herniation disc in his back. The Reds are saying it's precautionary and it makes all the sense in the world to play things safe with one of their better prospects. The 23-year-old was a surprise cut a couple weeks ago, but was white-hot in the Cactus league with a .557 batting average to go along with four long balls and 13 RBI. With Joey Votto aging and dealing with a shoulder injury, Encarnacion-Strand could be called upon when healthy and also could make an impact for managers. One of the top power hitters in the minor leagues, Encarnacion-Strand's situation makes him one of the safer prospects to stash in redraft leagues and dynasty managers seeking power should keep tabs on his health and roster status moving forward.
The Cincinnati Reds have assigned corner infielder Christian Encarnacion-Strand to minor league camp. Encarnacion-Strand was lights out this spring with a .557 batting average and led the Cactus league with four homers and 13 RBI. The catcher turned corner infielder was one of the returns in the Tyler Mahle deal made at last year, but has only played 48 games above High-A. The 23-year-old can still make an impact for the rebuilding Reds, but will work on his defense and getting some more seasoning on the farm. This past season, he hit .304 with 32 homers and 114 RBI between High-A and Double-A. With a strong power profile and showing he should be taken seriously this spring, managers in all formats should take notice for his arrival at some point in 2023.
Cincinnati Reds corner infielder Christian Encarnacion-Strand continued to make a strong impression this Spring in Monday's 6-1 Cactus League win over the Rockies. The 23-year-old went 2-for-3 with a single and a solo home run. He mashed in Double-A in 2022 and is now batting .647 with three HR in 17 spring at-bats. With Joey Votto (shoulder) recovering from a surgically-repaired shoulder, there may be an opportunity for Encarnacion-Strand to find a roster spot at the start of the regular season. However, the Reds have other options in Tyler Stephenson and Wil Myers for first base. Either way, Encarnacion-Strand is a player to keep an eye on as a potential breakout candidate in fantasy leagues this season.